Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie

Publication: September 11th, 2011
Publisher: Speak
Rating: 4 out 5

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Synopsis: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Thoughts:  Matched is about 16 year old Cassia needing to make a dire choice. Does she want to live in her world -- safe and sound -- forever, or take a chance at her true love and break all the rules. The problem with breaking rules are the horrible consequences. Exile, taking memorable posessions away, swiping minds clean... there's no stopping the government from taking control. Everything starts out great. Cassia is about to find out who her one true love is, and when the image is on screen Ky (a quiet boy she doesn't really know) pops up, then the screen goes blank. Once the computer turns back on, her best friend Xanders face replaces Kys. She has a feeling (a correct one) that this isn't the government -- also known as the "society" -- messing up because the government NEVER make flaws. Cassia has to dig deep down and find her true feelings. Is everything really what it seems? Can Ky or Xander give her the answers she seeks? 

This plot is amazing! The main character has grown up to be naive and relient on the Society. Reading how her views change through out the book was interesting... it makes you want to learn more. I really don't like characters that makes stupid decisions and don't learn from them, and Cassia is a prime example of it. BUT, it's understandable. She literally doesn't know any better, and I would make the same mistakes in her situation. It's confusing when you think everything is happy and controled, then realize controling isn't the best way to live, so I forgive her actions. In a way she does learn from them. Well, kind of. The whole book she's scared to think differently and takes her a while to come out of her bubble (hence, she's in a green bubble on the cover). 

I take one star away because of how terrible the writing is. It's very childlike and hard to get used to. An example of one of her paragraphs: I said yes. He shook his head. I didn't know why. Then he looked at me. I looked back. We looked at each other. -- That's not a quote from the book, but it's very close. There are. So many. Periods that aren't. Necessary. And the grammer. Is very. Childlike.

It was hard to get used to and I had to ignore the sentence structures after a while. It just doesn't deserve to be taken half a star away, it's that bad. I looked her up and the interwebz said she's an english teacher which worries me. I don't have great grammar and spelling and am totally owning up to it. I probably put commas that aren't necessary and forgot apostrophes multiple times through out this review, but you know what? I'm not a published author, I'm a reviewer. Millions of people are not reading this review.

If you forget about the horrible writing, I say go for it! The books plot really sucks you in, and I can't wait to start the third. It's a trilogy so the first book leaves you in a cliffhanger.

Originally posted on Wanted Readers

8 comments:

Great review! This book is my favorite of the series. The last book is as big as a dictionary!

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his sounds really intriguing. This may sound odd but are the romantic relationships written really over the top? It sounds like something I'd read, but I hate it when it's like insta-love, etc!

I have read this book before and I loved it! It's been about a year since I read and I don't remember the periods in it though. I never really thought about it when I read it but I see now how the cover shows she is in a bubble in the story.

You talked about wanting to read the third book...have you read the second yet? Matched? That was good too I thought. I just got Reached...the third book last week actually for $1! There is a chick on Facebook who LEGALLY sells ebooks for a buck!

I would give it 4 out of 5 too because it does read a little simpler. I really liked the dystopan aspect of it and while reading the books I kept thinking like how is Cassia and Ky going to escape the government you know?

I loved your honest review!

Thanks Julianna!

I want to read the book. In my country, the book of this series that has been translated is just the first book. I think i would wait until all books were translated

Nice review about the characters

I haven't read this series yet. It is on my TBR list. After reading your review it might have just moved up. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

This book is pretty good. I've read some first chapters and still want more!

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